Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (Horizon)

  • SAIC, Inc
  • El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
  • May 07, 2021

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a seasoned Senior Principal Systems Engineer on the Horizon Program to support the U. S. Space Force (USSF) in their efforts to develop and deploy next-generation and advanced capability space systems. Under the Special Programs (SP) Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in El Segundo, the position provides systems engineering and acquisition strategy in support of a portfolio of programs designed to gain, maintain and exploit space superiority.  This includes space launch, global positioning, military space vehicle communications, defense meteorological space vehicles, range systems, space vehicle control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.  Ideal candidates will have a strong systems engineering, technical program management background and the ability to continually balance and adjust work priorities to meet short term work suspense and rapidly evolving customer needs.





  • Provides leadership advice on: acquisition strategies for next-generation systems; program execution issues and recommendations; strategic messaging to key operational and acquisition government, industry, and media stakeholders
  • Provide end to end systems engineering and technical support, perform independent risk assessment and evaluate program management and technical review execution (DoD 5000.02 framework)
  • Assess program design and viability from a technical, perspective for program planning and execution
  • Coordinate Government activities and contractor, sub-contractor, and vendor oversight efforts throughout the system life-cycle
  • Provide technical and acquisition support to Government and contractor milestone reviews to assess progress, issues, and requirements traceability
  • Day-to-day management of various systems and space safety programs
  • Develops, evaluates and ensures program level documentation aligns with assigned programs under the Directorate in support of Directorate leadership
  • Engages and coordinates with SMC Center Staff, HQ AFSPC, and HQ USAF on behalf of Directorate leadership to resolve documentation issues in line with Directorate commander's intent and priorities



  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or relevant discipline and 14+ years of technical program management, systems engineering and acquisition within the areas of Space, Space Control, and Reconnaissance
  • Experience with rapid capability prototyping and/or fielding
  • Must be able to interface with all levels of functional/division acquisition offices to accomplish projects for the government program office
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Active TS/SCI clearance in JPAS or in-scope SSBI and with willingness to consent to a polygraph examination